Since the all-star break, the Wizards have struggled with slow starts in the first half. They fell behind by 22 against Milwaukee, 17 against Orlando, 10 against Cleveland and 25 against Golden State. The Wizards came back to defeat the Cavaliers, but Coach Randy Wittman will have a tough challenge attempt to rally if they have an early deficit against the Los Angeles Lakers.
“We talk about it and we’ll continue to do that. You have your mindset ready to go from the beginning,” Wittman said.
The Wizards (8-29) will try to recover from an embarrassing 120-100 loss against the Warriors on Monday, when John Wall said the team “lost the game before we came on the court. Too much joking in the locker room. Too much joking through warm-ups.” They will also try to find a way to get Andray Blatche going as he deals with jeers from the fans.
The Lakers are just 2-6 on the road against Eastern Conference teams this season, but they do have the NBA’s leading scorer in Kobe Bryant. Jordan Crawford will get the assignment against Bryant.
“Kobe is Kobe,” Wittman said. “You’re going to have your hands full. We’ve just got to try to make it as difficult as we can. And we all know he can make difficult shots. We can’t get caught up in doing a great job defensively, the shot goes in and we’re putting our head down. That’s going to happen. We’ve got to overcome that.”
Tipoff: 7 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet; Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM). Check out a live box score for today’s game here.